GIS in Schools

Inspire your students to explore new places

Free online mapping tools and activities for your school

ArcGIS Online lets students and teachers explore and analyse data using maps. Try our free instructional activities, or request a free school account at

Instructional Materials

A variety of subject-focused, standards-based instructional materials is available to enhance inquiry-based learning with students. All activities are free and completely online. The instructional materials require no installations and are device neutral.

Free ArcGIS Online School Account

New Zealand primary and secondary schools can request a free account for instruction. 

World Population

This activity explores the patterns of world population

The Human Development Index

Students will explore the spatial patterns of the Human Development Index (HDI) to identify regional patterns and causal factors in the data

Slowing malaria

Students will investigate causes of disease and ways to control malaria

Resource consumption and wealth

This activity highlights patterns of poverty and wealth to address overconsumption and resource extraction

Tropical Storms

Students will use tropical cyclone information to understand factors that encourage the formation of hurricanes

Mountain Building

This activity illustrates and explores how global mountain ranges are formed in relation to plate motions

Discovering map scale

This activity compares map scales using a satellite image

Time Zones

Students will explore time zones using map visualisations and mathematic calculations

Operation Overlord – D-Day

Students learn about the geography and significance of the D-Day invasion

Population dynamics

This activity compares country-age structures to long-term population growth

Plate Boundaries (Cracked Plates)

Students investigate dynamics in the earth’s crust that explain multiple Earth Science phenomena

Landforms and NZ National Parks

Students will interpret the landscape using topographic maps of NZ National Parks

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